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Ending the HIV Epidemic: On Baltimore's Front Lines

Courtesy of Baltimore City Health Department

In the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s, a diagnosis of HIV was a death sentence.  Now, infection with HIV -- the human immunodeficiency virus -- is a chronic, treatable condition.  Even more promising, medicines have been developed which can prevent the acquisition of HIV entirely.

Today on Midday, a conversation about the feasibility of ridding the world of AIDS in the next decade.  What strategies and treatments are working, and what still needs to be accomplished? 

Earlier this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report titled “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.” The plan focuses on a four pronged approach to ending the epidemic. Diagnose, Treat, Prevent and Respond.  Will it work?

Tom talks with a panel of local physicians and advocates involved in Baltimore's HIV prevention and treatment efforts...

Dr. Sebastian Ruhs is the Director of the Infectious Diseases Center of Excellence at Chase Brexton Health Care.

Dr. Errol Fields is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He holds a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Dr. Kathleen Page is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Co-Director of Centro Sol.


Mimi Demissew, who joins us by phone, is the Executive Director at the Pride Center of Maryland.


And, Dr. Adena Greenbaum is the Assitant Commissioner of the Bureau of Clinical Services for the Baltimore City Health Department

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This conversation was livestreamed on WYPR's Facebook page. You can watch the video here.

Host, Midday (M-F 12:00-1:00)
Rob is Midday's senior producer.